Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe - From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day

February 08, 2019

Professor Sheri Berman joined us for the launch and panel discussion of her new book, Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day (Oxford University Press, 2018). Adam Tooze, Director of the European Institute and Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History, presented introductory remarks. The panel consisted of Jack Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, and Alexander Stille, San Paolo Professor of International Journalism.

Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2018) explains how democracy actually develops, and how we should interpret the current wave of illiberalism sweeping Europe and the rest of the world. During the event, Professor Berman and the panel delved into the theory undergirding democratic development and the numerous case studies – England, France, Germany, Italy, and Eastern Europe – providing empirical evidence in its support. 

The event was presented as part of the New Books in the Arts and Sciences series. It was co-sponsored by the Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the European Institute, the Maison Française, and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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